to effectively identify all dangerous dogs, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs in that district and to ensure that those dogs are kept in compliance with this Act and the regulations
provide for the review of existing orders made under this Act and local laws that relate to the Council's municipal district with a view to determining whether further orders or local laws dealing with the management of dogs and cats in the municipal district are desirable
provide for the review of any other matters related to the management of dogs and cats in the Council's municipal district that it thinks necessary
provide for the periodic evaluation of any program, service, strategy or review outlined under the plan.
Every Council must:
review its domestic animal management plan annually and, if appropriate, amend the plan
provide the Secretary with a copy of the plan and any amendments to the plan
publish an evaluation of its implementation of the plan in its annual report.
Cardinia Shire Council developed its’ first Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) for 2008 to 2012 in accordance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994, (the Act). This plan reviews the actions and planning for Cardinia Shire Council to set the direction for domestic animal management for the following four (4) years and to meet the requirements under The Act.
The plan details programs and actions to assist in implementing the mission statement of this plan. The plan has been developed with assistance from a broad range of stakeholders that seek to implement a balanced approach to domestic animal management in Cardinia.
The plan identifies a range of actions for animal management. The implementation of these actions gives Council the opportunity to monitor the progress of actions and arrange further improvements to promote and facilitate responsible animal management programs on a regular basis.
Council is committed to providing a high standard of animal management in accordance with legislative requirements. The objectives of the plan are to:
Ensure Animal Management Officers (AMOs) are appropriately trained in all aspects of responsible animal management
Minimise the risk of attacks by dogs on people and animals
Address any over population and high euthanasia rates of dogs and cats
Provide welfare for pets during periods of emergency.
There is an increasing public view that punitive enforcement of laws alone will not result in lasting voluntary changes in behaviour. Therefore, enforcement of the Act and Local Laws should be balanced with media and public education material for responsible animal management.
There is now considerable evidence to support the benefits of owning pets. Accordingly, Cardinia Shire recognises that companion animals are part of the community, contributing to the quality of life for its residents.
The strategies within this plan have been developed to provide Council with a sound foundation from which it can build, plan and co-ordinate sound animal management and ensure that future decisions meet the needs of the community.
In this progressively changing environment, it is essential that Council take a strategic approach to managing domestic pets.